Top Ten biggest sex tourism destinations


SEX TOURISM is an industry worth billions of euros with millions of sex workers around the world.

Every year, about three million people travel on sex tourism trips.

These figures are on a rapid rise.

Prostitution is not legal in all of the following countries; nonetheless the ‘world’s oldest profession’ is still widely practiced in them. Here are the 10 biggest sex tourism destinations.

10. Germany

Unlike many other European Union countries, prostitution, even street prostitution, is wide spread, organised, and completely legal in Germany.

The country has a long history of placing the groundwork of the sex tourism industry, with organised prostitution in the country dating back to the 1200’s AD.

9. Malaysia

Prostitution is illegal in Malaysia, however, the laws are not enforced at all and sexual services are widely available. It is all under the radar but the demand is very high in cities like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Ipoh.

The dark side of the industry is strong with many of the sex workers being trafficked in from neighbouring countries such as China.

8. The Dominican Republic

The sex industry has really taken off in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic is the best example of this. It is legal but no third party can become involved in the exchange of money.

The country’s near location to the USA and a famous scandal involving a US senator making use of the ‘services’ there, have both helped the industry’s rise on the island.

7. Kenya

Kenya is one of the most relatively stable and safe countries in Africa. It has one of the largest tourism industries on the continent and that includes sex tourism. The Kenyan Tourism Board doesn’t discourage it in practice despite the high levels of STI’s and HIV in the country.

Kenya is a popular destination among older white women, from mainly the USA and UK, who want to purchase a ‘holiday romance’ with a local man.

6. The Netherlands

The Netherlands, due mainly to the famous sin city of Amsterdam, is one of the world’s sex tourism capitals. Prostitution is legal and regulated, this includes brothels. Amsterdam’s, De Wallen, is the largest and most famous red-light district in the city and a famous destination for international sex tourism.

5. The Philippines

Amazingly, prostitution is illegal in the country and technically it can come with harsh penalties. Nonetheless, the industry is massive in the country and not really frowned upon.

Female company usually comes in the form of ‘bargirls’ who often wear ‘bargirl’ ID tags. These girls are supposed to come with a guarantee of being regularly tested for STDs.

One of the major reasons so many girls have entered the industry has been dubbed ‘Prosti-Tuition’, the cost of education in the country is sky high while economic troubles continue there.

Amazingly, it is estimated that 60% of tourists that visit the country, come only for sex tourism.

4. Spain

The sex trade exists in a legal loophole in Spain and has been on the rise in recent years, combining effectively with the country’s massive tourism industry.

Ninety per cent of prostitutes in Spain are illegal immigrants, many of which arrive in Spain through illegal human trafficking.

3. Colombia

Colombian women are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in the world, this certainly is one of the factors that has aided its reputation as a global sex tourism capital.

While the sex trade is completely legal and accepted in the country, the Government of Colombia is making efforts to fight child prostitution, sexual slavery and human trafficking.

2. Brazil

Brazil is a country with an extremely supportive outlook on legal prostitution. For example, the government provided free English, Spanish and German lessons to their native sex workers in the run up to the World Cup to help them chat up potential clients. They also launched an ‘I’m a happy prostitution’ campaign to promote a more positive outlook on the industry.

Brazil looks set to become the number one sex tourism destination in the world in the next few years, despite that fact that brothels are still illegal.

1. Thailand

Thailand takes the number one spot even though prostitution is not strictly legal there. However, in reality it is partly regulated and tolerated and a vital part of the country’s tourism industry.

The industry really started in the country during the Vietnam War and hasn’t slowed since.

There are over three million sex workers in the country. Sadly, a third of this massive figure is believed to be minors.


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